Oct. 6, 2007
Iowa won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. This game marks the first time I has not elected to receive since 2003 in a game at Michigan State. Iowa has started on offense in 89 of its last 98 contests. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 91 of 104 contests under Kirk Ferentz.
With the win, Penn State improved its advantage in the series to 11-9, snapping Iowa’s five-game win streak in the series. The Hawkeyes had also won four straight games in Beaver Stadium. The crowd of 108,951 marked the fourth largest crowd ever to watch an Iowa football game.
Iowa has not scored on its opening drive in any of its first six games. Penn State did not score on its first possession, as the Hawkeyes forced a fumble. Only one of Iowa’s opponents (Iowa State, field goal) has scored on their first possession.
Redshirt freshman FS Brett Greenwood started for the first time in his career. Greenwood came up with his first career interception early in the fourth period and also had five tackles.
Senior DB Charles Godfrey came up with his fourth interception of the year in the fourth quarter. The four interceptions are the most by an Iowa player in a season since Antwan Allen and Jovon Johnson each had four interceptions during the 2004 season. Godfrey has six career thefts.
Iowa scored a touchdown following one of its three turnovers, driving 86 yards following Greenwood’s theft.
Each team was able to score points each time it reached the redzone, with Iowa (1-1) getting a touchdown and Penn State (3-3) collecting two touchdowns and one field goal.
Instant Replay was used in the second period. On a play originally signaled as a Penn State touchdown, the replay showed the ball carried was down at the one-yardline. Penn State eventually concluded the drive with a field goal.
Punter Ryan Donahue averaged 45.1 yards on seven punts in the first half and added a 57-yard kick in the third period. The 57-yarder matches the longest kick of the season for the redshirt freshman. For the day he averaged 45.2 on 11 punts.
RB Albert Young carried the ball 13 times for 44 yards at Penn State. Young also caught three passes for 10 yards. Young now has 2,605 career rushing yards. He moved past Tony Stewart (2,562) and into fifth place in Hawkeye career rushing.
Iowa came into the Penn State game with just five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles), ranking seventh in the nation and first in the Big Ten in fewest turnovers. Iowa did not have a turnover, while the Hawkeye defense collected three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble).
WR Trey Stross saw his most extensive action of the season, grabbing five passes for 69 yards. Stross, hampered by injuries most of the season, also had a touchdown reception for the second straight week. The 69 receiving yards are a career high, as he had six receptions for 67 yards at Indiana in 2006.
Iowa’s 86-yard scoring drive in the fourth period marks its third longest of the season. The Hawkeyes had a 95-yard TD drive vs. Northern Illinois and an 88-yard TD drive vs. Syracuse.
LB Mike Klinkenborg and FS Devan Moylan both missed their second consecutive game. On offense, Julian Vandervelde returned to the line-up at right guard after missing last week due to injury. WR Andy Brodell and TE Tony Moeaki both missed their second straight game as well and OL Dace Richardson did not play after starting last week.
LB Mike Humpal recorded 12 tackles at Penn State after collecting a career-high 13 tackles the previous week vs. Indiana. Humpal was also credited with a forced fumble. DL Matt Kroul collected 10 tackles to equal his career best (10 vs. Wisconsin, 2006). DT Mitch King and DB Adam Shada each collected seven stops, with King collecting two sacks and a forced fumble.
Iowa returns home next Saturday to host Illinois. Game time is 11:05 p.m. (ESPN2).